Mitch McConnell's Clues Us In On His "Main Focus" Moving Forward

By Jennifer Wentworth | Wednesday, 03 April 2024 10:15 PM
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In a recent radio interview, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed his intention to focus primarily on opposing Russia's actions in Ukraine in the coming years, describing it as a global issue for democracies.

McConnell's comments came during a conversation with Terry Meiners, host of NewsRadio 840 WHAS.

McConnell, who has no plans to seek a Senate leadership role again, confirmed his commitment to serve his full term in the Senate. He pledged to continue his fight against the "isolationist movement" within his party and others. He highlighted the current debate over supporting Ukraine as a recent manifestation of this issue.

"I think it's extremely important that we do that," McConnell stated. He expressed his disapproval of the Biden administration, particularly its decision to withdraw from Afghanistan, likening it to giving Russia's Putin a green light. "But we are where we are, and the Europeans have stepped up," he added.

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The Senate Minority Leader emphasized that most of the authorized funds are being spent domestically, including in Kentucky, to rebuild the industrial base in preparation for future challenges with Russia and China. "So I’ve got this sort of on my mind for the next couple of years," McConnell said.

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McConnell painted a picture of global democracy in a precarious state, not only due to the ongoing threat of terrorism but also because of the current Israel-Hamas conflict. He pointed out the resurgence of Russia's power, reminiscent of the old Soviet Union, and the growing national security threat posed by China.

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"This is a worldwide problem for democracies, and they need our leadership, and we need their partnership, and so that’s where I’m going to put the main part of my focus in the coming years," McConnell declared.

He labeled his fellow U.S. senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, also a Republican, as an "isolationist." Paul has argued that the U.S. has no national security interest in Ukraine and that it is not America's role to defend Ukraine against its "longtime adversary."

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"We’re not losing any of our troops," McConnell countered during the radio interview. He warned that if Russia takes Ukraine, a NATO country could be next, potentially drawing the U.S. into the conflict. "So, I think on the fact basis, this is absolutely what we ought to do, and we just disagree on this," he said.

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McConnell expressed his intention to focus on the isolationist issue internally and strive to regain the majority in the Senate externally. When asked about the end of the Ukraine conflict, McConnell responded, "It’s very, very important. I think this is the most dangerous time for the free world since right after the Berlin Wall fell down."

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He noted the historical tendency of his party to adopt an isolationist stance when a Democrat is in the White House. "You know most Republicans voted against Lend-Lease going into World War II, and Pearl Harbor straightened that out," McConnell concluded.

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